SEC Orders a Suspension of Trading in the Stock of Supatcha Resources Inc.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the temporary suspension, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act), of trading of the securities of Supatcha Resources Inc. (Supatcha), of Denver, Colorado at 9:30 a.m. EST on Dec. 17, 2010 and terminating at 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 31, 2010.
The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of Supatcha because of questions that have been raised about the accuracy and adequacy of publicly disseminated information concerning, among other things, a geological report concerning the company's mining prospects in Ukraine and a purported tender offer for the company's outstanding shares.
The Commission cautions broker-dealers, shareholders, and prospective purchasers that they should carefully consider the foregoing information along with all other currently available information and any information subsequently issued by the company.
Further, brokers and dealers should be alert to the fact that, pursuant to Rule 15c2-11 under the Exchange Act, at the termination of the trading suspension, no quotation may be entered unless and until they have strictly complied with all of the provisions of the rule. If any broker or dealer has any questions as to whether or not he has complied with the rule, he should not enter any quotation but immediately contact the staff in the Division of Trading and Markets, Office of Interpretation and Guidance, at (202) 551-5777. If any broker or dealer is uncertain as to what is required by Rule 15c2-11, he should refrain from entering quotations relating to Supatcha's securities until such time as he has familiarized himself with the rule and is certain that all of its provisions have been met. If any broker or dealer enters any quotation which is in violation of the rule, the Commission will consider the need for prompt enforcement action.
If any broker-dealer or other person has any information which may relate to this matter, the Denver Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission should be telephoned at (303) 844-1000. (Rel. 34-63568)
Stephen L. Cohen Named Associate Director in SEC Division of Enforcement
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Stephen Cohen has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Division of Enforcement, a position in which he will assist in planning and directing the agency's enforcement efforts.
Mr. Cohen has spent the past two years as Senior Advisor to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro. He provided counsel on a wide range of enforcement and compliance legal and policy matters, including various aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act such as the whistleblower legislation and rulemaking. Mr. Cohen also worked on a variety of special projects, such as leading the agency-wide initiative to improve the handling of tips, complaints and referrals and the agency's Consolidated Audit Trail proposal.
"The Enforcement Division will benefit greatly from Steve's intelligence, judgment, and determination as well as his comprehensive understanding of our securities laws and his grasp on the way the Division functions," said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement. "We are excited that he has agreed to return to the Division and take on this new challenge."
Mr. Cohen said, "I am looking forward to the privilege of once again working alongside the dedicated and talented staff in the Enforcement Division."
Mr. Cohen is filling the Associate Director position previously held by Christopher Conte, who left the agency in September.
Mr. Cohen joined the SEC as an Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Division of Enforcement in 2004, and worked on investigations and litigation involving accounting fraud, market manipulation, offering fraud, insider trading, and other violations, including cases involving auditors, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and self-regulatory organizations.
Before coming to the SEC, Mr. Cohen was associated with the Washington, D.C., office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner where his practice primarily involved complex commercial litigation. He also served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. Mr. Cohen also clerked for the Honorable Ursula Ungaro in the Southern District of Florida.
Steve received his JD magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Boston University. (Press Rel. 2010-250)
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